As the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games draws near, we will be updating our contributors page to reflect and highlight the wide range of Olympic research activity that has been taking place at UEL, as well as at other institutions with which we engage.
Today’s post highlights one of our contributors, Dr. Keith Gilbert, who is a Professor in the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience at the University of East London and Director of the Centre for Sport, Disability & Health. He researches in the area of sport sociology [which includes opening up many areas of research innovation] and sports management. He also has a strong interest in the management of disability sport with his main focus on the Paralympic Movement and has an intense interest in qualitative, interpretive and narrative research methodologies.
His current research interests include the exploration of the sociological dimensions of sport management, sport and the environment, sport and corporate social responsibility, Olympic and Paralympic legacy and sport for peace and development and other Paralympic research.
Professor Gilbert is chief editor of the International Journal of Sport and Society and he has two book series one in the area of Disability and Sport and the other in the broad area of Sport in Society.
Recently, Professor Gilbert was also the organiser and chair of a conference on Sport in Society with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in March 2010 between the Winter Olympics and Paralympics and will continue the Sport and Society conferences series in Kolkata 2011 and Cambridge 2012.
Above all Professor Gilbert argues for a strong relationship between practical and theoretical aspects of work in higher education and to this end practices what he preaches.
To find out more about Dr. Gilbert’s activity, please see our contributors page here.